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June 12, 2011 | By Erica Zeitlin
"Honey, have you made the birthday card for Grandpa yet? Thursday is a big one for him — 70 years old! You'd better get a card into the mail soon or it'll arrive late. " This irritated Nate. First of all, he was extremely busy at the moment with his Game Station 2. His attention was fastened to the high-speed chase on the screen; a dozen police cars were crashing and burning and being stomped on in pursuit of a giant dragon. Second, he failed to understand the point of "snail mailing" anything, which seemed like a total waste of time.
April 26, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Beverly Hills on Sunday will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an epic 15,000-slice cake marking a proud symbol of the city's excess. Its estimated cost? $200,000. "We're about marketing this three-block-long street, Rodeo Drive, to the world," Efrem Harkham, owner of the Luxe Hotel, where the assembled cake will be on display, told The Times.   He said the dessert is also meant as a tribute to people who have served the city, including police officers and firefighters.
June 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twenty-five years ago Friday, Steve Wilhite invented the GIF file format and bestowed upon the world the perfect vehicle for some of the best memes ever created. It's more than a picture but not quite a video, but so often, it's just perfect -- especially with the rise of Tumblr. But what Wilhite also did when he invented the format for CompuServe back in June 15, 1987, was begin one of the most hotly debated arguments of all (Internet) history: Is GIF pronounced like "gif" as in the first three letters of "gift" or "jif" as in the peanut butter . It's an argument that's raged across the Internet on forums , has Web pages dedicated to it and is even addressed by Wikipedia . So which is it?
April 23, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
If you're looking for a way to commemorate William Shakespeare's birthday -  he was born 450 years ago today, on April 23, 1564 - the most interesting party may take place at UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in West Adams. From 4-7 Wednesday evening, the library will celebrate not Shakespeare's writing so much as his reading , with an event called “Shakespeare's Bookshelf.” This is compelling for a variety of reasons, not least that Shakespeare was a voracious reader, said (in much the same way as John Milton)
September 4, 2012
And now a pop quiz, in honor of the 231st birthday of the city of Los Angeles: What's the oldest building in the city? Is it Mission San Gabriel Arcangel? It's true that this is the spot from which the Pobladores set out in 1781 to establish their city (the padres had earlier built their mission near what is now Montebello but later abandoned the site as unsuitable). Each Labor Day weekend, dignitaries, descendants of the founders and other celebrants retrace those early steps as best they can by walking from the mission southwest on Mission Road, Alhambra Avenue and Valley Boulevard, past Lincoln Park, over the river and to the plaza near Olvera Street.
September 7, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Google homepage doodle is forever changing to mark various anniversaries, holidays or great moments in history. And today, it's a tribute to "Star Trek. " It was 46 years ago Saturday that "Star Trek" first premiered on NBC. The series ran for just three seasons, to 1969. The interactive doodle reduces the "Star Trek" experience to three key moments. There's the crew assembled on the bridge of the Enterprise, the away team in the ship's transporter room, and the crew on the surface of an alien planet, complete with unpleasent alien creature and an unhappy fate for the red-shirted crewman.
June 29, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Today is the day for "iPhone 5" -- well, iPhone's 5th, actually. It was five years ago today that the very first iPhone owners felt the addictive iGot-it rush of the hottest gadget on the planet at that time, Apple's revolutionary device.  More than just an iPod that makes calls, the iPhone's debut and success shifted the already co-dependent relationship between people and their phones to more of a symbiotic synergy, encouraging and ushering...
August 12, 2010 | Jessica Guynn
For his 64th birthday, former President Bill Clinton has a wish . And he is turning to the Internet to ask supporters to help make it come true by giving money to help fight childhood obesity and climate change and encourage entrepreneurship and economic opportunity. He's using the "birthday wish" feature created by Berkeley-based start-up Causes . The Clinton Foundation is working with Causes to encourage supporters to use social media to take action on issues that are important to them, said Causes founder and President Joe Green.
May 17, 1986
Most Buddhists observe the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha (circa 563-483 BC) in May, except for Japanese Buddhists, whose tradition says April 8 was Buddha's birthday. Other ethnic Buddhist groups regard either May 16 or the day of the full moon in May (May 23 this year) as the birthday, although local Buddhist communities are holding celebrations on different weekends.
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April 23, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
William Shakespeare's 450th birthday falls on Wednesday, per historians' best reckoning in the absence of ironclad documentation. It's time to remember that “in delay there lies no plenty,” as the Bard told us in “Twelfth Night,” and thus make the most of the opportunity to celebrate the milestone that's at hand. If it's stars you want for the birthday festivities, then the “Evening of Shakespeare, Music and Love” on Friday at the Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica is your $100 ticket.
April 15, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL -- North Korea on Tuesday celebrated the birthday of its founder, Kim Il Sung, with current leader Kim Jong Un reportedly paying respects at his grandfather's mausoleum amid efforts to more closely associate him with the late leader's legacy. Kim Il Sung would have turned 102 this year, and his birthday, known as the Day of the Sun, is a major holiday in North Korea. Since his death in 1994, the day has been celebrated with pageantry and displays of military hardware in the capital, Pyongyang.
April 14, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Johanna Huerta will usher in her 30 th birthday early Tuesday with the “blood moon.” Huerta, 29, of South Los Angeles, was one of hundreds of people who descended on the Griffith Observatory on Monday night awaiting the first total eclipse of 2014. "It worked out that I got the 'blood moon,' " she said. "It will be my first time seeing it. " Huerta brought her brother, 17-year-old Angel, and family friend Flavia Ibarra, 23, to celebrate her birthday and the eclipse, which will be her first to see. “I dragged them with me,” Huerta said.
March 28, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Mariah Carey's got it and she's flaunting it -- her brand new birthday present, that is. The pop diva turned 44 on Thursday, and the festivities were capped with a sparkly gift from husband Nick Cannon. "Nick surprised me for 3/27 with a stellar diamond bracelet encrusted with 3 floating butterflies! @NickCannon," she tweeted , sharing a photo of the new bauble. Carey, who named her 1997 album "Butterfly," has a thing for the vividly colored insects. PHOTOS: Celebrity weddings & engagements of 2014 "I think she's happy...
March 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Celebrate #ThrowbackThursday this week by looking up your first tweet, thanks to a new tool by Twitter. The San Francisco microblogging social network this week turns 8 years old, and to celebrate, it launched , a website that makes it easy for users to quickly find their very first tweet.  "Using this Tweet tool, you can look back to find your very first Tweet -- or for that matter, anyone else's," Twitter said in a...
March 6, 2014 | Kenneth Turan
Formidable, indomitable, irascible: Pick your adjective, and it pretty much describes the force of nature who holds the stage in "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. " But what makes this documentary on the celebrated actress and singer especially involving is that watching it calls forth another, quite different selection of descriptors as well: vulnerable, insecure, even fragile. As directed by Chiemi Karasawa, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is less an examination of the long career of the gifted performer with the big personality who first appeared on Broadway in 1944 than a snapshot of her as she approached her 87th birthday, still as much in love with performing as ever and wondering how long she can keep it up. The most engaging thing about the feisty Stritch, and what any film that spent time with her couldn't help but capture, is her candid sense of humor, her willingness to say anything as long as it is the truth.
March 10, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Matt Kenseth won on his 41st birthday for his new Joe Gibbs Racing team, barely holding off Kasey Kahne in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series for his third victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Kenseth earned the 25th victory of his career in only his third start in the JGR Toyota after leaving Roush Fenway Racing in the off-season. He took the lead away from Kahne out of a late restart and fended off Kahne's Chevrolet over the final laps, adding another trophy to his Las Vegas victories in 2003 and 2004.
July 16, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has a simple wish for his upcoming birthday: some cash. At least that is what First Lady Michelle Obama is asking for in an email to supporters Monday, in which she reveals she and her husband plan to celebrate his 51st birthday next month with "a little celebration" at their Chicago home. Obama's birthday is Aug. 4, and his reelection campaign is using the occasion for another contest in which supporters can enter to win a chance to meet the president.
February 22, 2014 | By Bob Pool
For his 100th birthday, the city planted a purple-leaf plum tree in the parkway in front of Leon Saliba's Toluca Lake home. When he turned 101, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge took him to the Cahuenga Pass and photographed him standing near a 101 Freeway sign. On his 102nd birthday, the councilman photographed Saliba standing outside of city Fire Station 102 on Burbank Boulevard on the edge of Van Nuys. This year, for the 103rd birthday celebration he invited Saliba for an anniversary photo at the corner of 103rd Street and Success Avenue near Watts.
February 21, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Mikaela Shiffrin said she played the Olympics out in her head a thousand times before she arrived here. In reality, it was a thousand times more intense. She wrote down all the questions she thought reporters would ask and believed she had every course angle covered. But two days before Friday's race, the world's top slalom racer got a head cold. Her legs burned so intensely over the last pitch on Friday's first run she wondered if she could make the finish line.
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